Big Spring Chapter

GEORGETOWN

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CHAPTER ORGANIZED MARCH 6, 1912

Big Spring Chapter, located in Kentucky at Georgetown, organized on March 6, 1912, by Miss Katherine Stout Bradley, chapter organizing regent. The chapter was named for the Big Spring which Colonel John Floyd discovered on July 9, 1774. Colonel Floyd was a surveyor assigned the duty of mapping the part of "Kaintuckee," which lay north of the Kentucky River. He described the spring as "Royal." The spring was first called Floyd's Spring in his honor. Records show that it received the name "Royal Spring" on April 29, 1780.

News of adequate water supply traveled fast in pioneer days; and in October, 1775, John McClelland, his family, Colonel Robert Patterson and six other frontiersmen left Pittsburg to settle in Kentucky near the spring. Early in 1776 they had erected a fort near the site of Royal Spring; this was the first fortified station north of the Kentucky River, and the first settlement of more than one family in that section, now Scott County. This fort, called McClelland's Station, was a stop-over station for pioneers passing to and from larger settlements south of the Kentucky River.

Late in 1776, the fort was destroyed by Indians; John McClelland was mortally wounded and died January 6, 1777. Following this attack, the fort was abandoned for almost ten years. Then came settlers from 'back East,' among whom was Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, who left Virginia with family and friends to escape religious persecution. Craig built his home on the "Big Spring" branch, not far from the old fort site. The new settlement was called Lebanon's Station; but in 1790 the name was changed from Lebanon's Station to George Town in honor of George Washington.

Office Title
Officer Name
Regent Jane Wechman
Vice Regent Paige Joyner
Chaplain Verla Willett
Corresponding Secretary Betty Graves
Treasurer Penny Gift
Registrar Karen Cash
Historian Lena Graves
Librarian Lena Graves
CHAPTER PATRIOTS
PVT. THOMAS ALBEE of Massachusetts CPS> DAVID ALLEN of Virginia
CAPT. STEPHEN ASHBY of Virginia PVT. MICHAEL AULT of Pennsylvania
NATHANIEL AUSTIN of Massachusetts PVT. SAMUEL BARNHILL of Pennsylvania
JOHN BELSOE of Virginia SAMUEL BOONE of South Carolina
WILLIAM BUSTER of Virginia OBEDIAH CALVERT JR. of Virginia
OBEDIAH CALVERT SR. of Virginia SGT. WRIGHT CHAMBERLAIN of Virginia
PVT. SAMUEL COOPER of Maryland WILLIAM COTTON of Virginia
MARY POLLY HAWKINS CRAIG of Virginia TOLLIVER CRAIG SR. of Virginia
CHARLES DANIELS SR. of Virginia JAMES DANIELS of Virginia
PVT. DANIEL DODGE of New York ENS. JOHN DUDLEY of Connecticut
CORNELIUS DUVALL of Maryland ADAM FISHER of Virginia
PVT. FREDERICK FRAILEY of Virginia PVT. MATTHEW FRENCH of Virginia
PVT. ABIEL FULLER of New York PVT. NATHAN FULLER of New York
JOHN ADAM GAAR of Virginia JOHN ADAM GIFT of Pennsylvania
THOMAS GORHAM of Virginia CPL. ISREAL GRAVES JR. of Massachusetts
SOL. TIMOTHY GREGORY of New York JOHN HAWKINS of Maryland
PVT. JOHN NICHOLAS HOFFMAN of Pennsylvania ANDREW JOHNSON of Virginia
PVT. CASPER KERSHNER of Virginia PVT. CORNELIUS KEATOR of New York
SGT. JOHN C. KEATOR of New York THOMAS KENNEDY of Virginia
2ND. LT. ANTHONY LINDSEY of Maryland SOL. WILLIAM ROBERT LESLIE of Virginia
WILLIAM LASHBROOKS of Virginia PVT. CROMWELL LUTHER of Connecticut
JAMES MCCONNELL of Pennsylvania MARY X. MCCONNELL of Pennsylvania
PVT. WILLIAM MCCOY of Virginia ZACHARIAS MCCUBBIN of Virginia
SOL. JOHN MILLION of Virginia PVT. BARTON MOORE of Maryland
SGT. DAVID MOREHOUSE of Connecticut PVT. JOHN MULLINS of Virginia
COL. JOHN NELSON of Virginia LT. ALEXANDER OLIVER of Massachusetts
PVT. WYATT PARKER of Virginia NATHAN PIERCE of New York
PVT. HENRY PORCH of North Carolina SOL. AMBROSE POWELL of Virginia
MAJ. ISRAEL PUTNAM JR. of Connecticut MAJ. GEN. ISRAEL PUTNAM SR. of Connecticut
PVT. MATTHIAS STRAYER of Pennsylvania LT. THOMAS STURGEON, SR. of Pennsylvania
CAPT. JAMES ROGERS of Virginia PVT. WILLIAM ROGERS of Virginia
LT. JOHN ROBERTS of Virginia JAMES ROSS of Massachusetts
LT.COL. EPHRAIM RUCKER of Virginia RICHARD SALISBURY of Connecticut
CAPT. JOHN SCOTT of Virginia 1ST. LT. ZACHARIAH SHACKLEFORD of Virginia
PVT. JOHN SISSON of New York PVT. EDWARD SMITH of Virginia
HENRY SMITH of Virginia CAPT. WILLIAM SMITH of Virginia
JAMES SUGGETT of Virginia PVT. SAMUEL TODD JR. of Connecticut
CHP. SAMUEL TODD SR. of Massachusetts RICHARD VALLANDINGHAM of Virginia
SGT. WILLIAM WALKER JR. of Virginia PVT. THOMAS WASH of Virginia
PVT. PETER WATTS of North Carolina ELEANOR X. WIGGINGTON of Virginia
PVT. HENRY WIGGINGTON of Virginia JOHN WILHOIT of Virginia

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